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Suicide blast near Yemen intelligence: ministry

world Updated: Apr 07, 2012 23:34 IST

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Two suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bombers were killed Friday in Yemen's main southern city of Aden when their payload exploded outside an intelligence bureau they were targeting, the defence ministry said.

"Two suicide bombers belonging to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network were killed when their motorbike exploded... early Friday in Mansura," the ministry's news website 26sep.net said.

"The bomb-laden motorbike exploded with the two suicide bombers whose bodies were left in pieces before they managed to carry out their suicide attack that targetted a branch of the political security services in Mansura," it quoted a security official as saying.

No other casualties were reported.

The ministry said the security services had identified one of the two men as Fawaz al-Subaihi, who lived in the neighbourhood, while an investigation was ongoing to identify the second.

A witness in Mansura, who identified Subaihi from his remains, told AFP that the man owned a shop in the area and "has no links to Al-Qaeda."

The same witness said that the other man's body was "torn to pieces."

Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, the self-proclaimed Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law), has exploited the decline in central government control that accompanied Arab Spring-inspired protests that eventually forced president Ali Abdullah Saleh to cede power.

But suicide attacks targetting security forces have intensified since his successor, Abdrabuh Mandur Hadi, took office in February and vowed to continue the fight against Al-Qaeda.

On the day Hadi took the oath as Yemen's new president, 26 Republican Guard troops were killed in a suicide attack on a presidential palace in the restive country's southeast. Al-Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the attack.